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    Default Found a bad stringer on my new purchase

    Hi Everyone,

    It is amazing how you can go from completely excited about buying to very Pis*ed off

    I was finally able to pull the covers off my boat after buying it yesterday to see that I have a bad stringer on the pass side of the boat since the engine bolts pulled into the stringer and down. I guess the vibration from trailering her home from Saginaw to Livonia caused it to brake. I inspected the stringers but I guess not good enough.

    I am looking for advise on where to go from here as it appears I have to gut the boat now and cut out the stringer/stringers from what I have read in here. I did post about this last night in another thread and a guy came up with an idea using metal on both sides of the stringer to run bolts thru to my mount to get me thru the season. Below is the thread

    http://www.performanceboats.com//showthread.php?t=70237

    Let me know what you guys think.

    Thanks,
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    Looks to be a 1/4 stringer boat, either way replacing stringer, vs adding aluminum rails. A new 1/4 stringer would be a quicker fix in my opinion
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    I would run about an 8 inch chunk of angle 1/4 in aluminum. Just bolt it into what you have left with some big body washers on the inside and run it the rest of the season. You have all winter to fix it right. The sub floor is probably soft also, looks like a late 70 or 80's vintage jet !!
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    I have done fiberglass repair for over 38 years now and just got home from Saginaw today and to tell you the truth if you are going to to the job do it right and forget everybody's suggeston's about using metal for a band aid, because seeing that the season is half over why not tackle the job while it is still warm and be done with it and if you would like to talk about this shoot me a PM with your phone number and i will give you a call.

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    Thanks everyone for your input. The boat it a 18' 1979 Sunkisst and appears to be full or almost full stringers. My dad and I are going to tackle the stringers and just get it done and hope that I will still be able to use it some this season.

    Offshore Ginger, I will send you a PM with my number as I did alot of reading on how to do this but I would really like to talk to someone who has done this before as I only want to do this 1 time and am somewhat worried about delamination, using the wrong product, ect, ect, ect.

    Thanks everyone and keep the advice coming as I need to feel warm and fuzzy and confident when we tackle this as it is all new to me. I have done plenty of body work thru the years but NEVER fiberglass and wood.

    Tim

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    I think Harley222 has a sunkisst..He has pics of on facebook in the michigan hot boats group...If I had your boat I would scab it together for the summer...Jobs like soft stringers always end up with other work to be done..maybe it needs a floor too. Our summers are too short to tear into what could be a big job...The bbc looks like it doesn't have gobs of power.. Keep an eye on things and run it !
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Thomas View Post
    I think Harley222 has a sunkisst..He has pics of on facebook in the michigan hot boats group...If I had your boat I would scab it together for the summer...Jobs like soft stringers always end up with other work to be done..maybe it needs a floor too. Our summers are too short to tear into what could be a big job...The bbc looks like it doesn't have gobs of power.. Keep an eye on things and run it !
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Thomas View Post
    I think Harley222 has a sunkisst..He has pics of on facebook in the michigan hot boats group...If I had your boat I would scab it together for the summer...Jobs like soft stringers always end up with other work to be done..maybe it needs a floor too. Our summers are too short to tear into what could be a big job...The bbc looks like it doesn't have gobs of power.. Keep an eye on things and run it !
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    dam tim that sucks, well let me know im around the corner im down to come help if i can man. a quick fix might not be a bad idea like they said there is gunna be more wrong then just the stringer and if ur doing one you might want to do both of them while ur at it...just a thought. well let me know im in for giving a hand with it eaither way..

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    Well Starting to take the boat apart yesterday. Interior is out and I will be pulling the engine today after work. The boat is a full stringer which is good but bad since I have to replace them. I am thinking I will document the whole process to help others out in the future as there are a few good threads out there with a couple pictures but no pics of cutting, grinding, ect. I sure hope I know what the heck I am doing as this fiberglass thing is new to me

    If anyone wants to come over and check it out you are more then welcome just send me a PM.

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    Default Documenting the stringer repairs

    Hi guys,

    I started a thread in the " paint and fiberglass repair " section as I will document my progress as we repair the stringers on the boat to hopefully help others see what is all involved in doing it.

    http://www.performanceboats.com//sho...=1#post1173140

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    What ever you do DO NOT damage the stringer wood your removing !!! You will need them to use as a pattern. Before you cut the stringers out, check the bottom for straightness/hook. You also need to check your trailer. My Kisst is the same as yours. Had this one 23 years now. Just finishing up a complete 2 1/2 year resto on the "BITCH". Holla if ya need anything.
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    Any pic's of the proccess?
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    the pics are in a different link in "paint and glass" section...

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